A time to educate, not celebrate: 26 January  
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by Jessica Staines
2w ago
The date 26 January holds a complex place in Australia’s history. While some celebrate it as Australia Day, this date also marks a day of mourning for First Nations people as the date the first British colonies landed, starting centuries of mistreatment and displacement for Aboriginal people.   In early childhood education this day presents an […] The post A time to educate, not celebrate: 26 January   appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Graduation practice isn’t in the EYLF. 
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by Tanya Burr
3w ago
It was early December 2023, and I was talking with a colleague, a Tertiary Supervisor visiting student pre-service teachers on their first ECEC placement. The student she had visited that day was experiencing a challenge.   As with most practicums, the student was required to observe and document play and learning and then develop and evaluate […] The post Graduation practice isn’t in the EYLF.  appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Understanding the connection between mind and body: Why is movement important for the developing child?
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by Emma Clavell
1M ago
An internationally recognised stereotype of modern Australia is that of athletes, weekend sports and physically active citizens enjoying the sun outdoors. However, when we begin to delve deep into the research and studies in relation to physical literacy, we realise that Australia is a nation in crisis within all stages of childhood. For example, Australia’s […] The post Understanding the connection between mind and body: Why is movement important for the developing child? appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Supporting transition to school
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by Early Childhood Australia
3M ago
As the end of the year approaches, one of your priorities as an educator will be supporting children as they begin their transition from early childhood settings to primary school. In preparing for this milestone while, navigating the complexities this year has brought, there are many effective tools to help you provide the best support […] The post Supporting transition to school appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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The Leap
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by Hakea Hustler
3M ago
Imagine traveling 2 plane flights and over 8 hours to your first teaching job- with little people who spoke a different language and who were from a different cultural background to you.  You might be forgiven for thinking that the scenario I am creating was set in Asia or Eastern Europe. But this adventure takes place […] The post The Leap appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Rethinking ‘School Readiness’: It’s Time for Schools to Be Ready
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by Michelle Marais
3M ago
‘School readiness’ programs are advertised across the nation, with some early learning services and preschools promising to provide children with literacy and numeracy skills for a head start in school. On social media, parents frantically seek recommendations on where to send their children to ‘get ready’ for school. Educators arm themselves with worksheets and a […] The post Rethinking ‘School Readiness’: It’s Time for Schools to Be Ready appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Early Childhood Learning Trajectories: What, why, how? 
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by Caroline Cohrssen
3M ago
ACECQA data show us that the most challenging quality area for ECEC services to meet is QA1: Educational Program and Practice. Within QA1, Element 1.3.1, Assessment and Planning Cycle is the most likely element to be awarded a ‘not met’ rating[1]. In Australia, educators and teachers are required to implement the principles of curriculum planning […] The post <strong>Early Childhood Learning Trajectories: What, why, how? </strong> appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before”. (Maya Angelou)
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by Karen Hope
4M ago
The privilege of working with our youngest citizens. The engine room of any organisation is the most important and influential. This is where the key driving force for ongoing propulsion happens. Everything moves forward when this room is in full operational mode. Working in the infant toddler environment in a long day care setting is […] The post “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before”. (Maya Angelou) appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Growing in Early Childhood Education 
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by ECA Administrator
6M ago
Pleasurable food education sparks a sense of wonder and connection among children and young people, helping them explore the world of delicious, wholesome food through enjoyable, interactive experiences. This journey equips children and young people with useful abilities, a fondness for seasonal ingredients, and a joyful, self-assured, and nourishing bond with food. It starts with […] The post <strong>Growing in Early Childhood Education</strong>  appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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Why Is It Important to Make Children’s Thinking Visible?
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by Anna Zhang
7M ago
If we see learning as a consequence of thinking, then it is paramount that children have the opportunity and are supported to explore their ideas and thinking during the learning experience.  This allows children to then understand their own thinking process. Meaningful learning takes place when children are fully engaged in the ideas of the […] The post <strong>Why Is It Important to Make Children’s Thinking Visible?</strong> appeared first on The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog ..read more
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